Vasuki Taal & Meru Glacier Trek
A trek with unique visuals where you walk over glaciers for miles & camp at the foot of towering Himalayan peaks like Mount Shivling.The trek has highest altitude of 4800 M at Vasuki Tal and is graded as moderate to challenging. Enroute you get stunning views of peaks that pose challenge to mountaineers such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi i,ii iii.
Vasuki Taal Trek is a difficult trek with highest altitude of 4880 metres. The difficult terrains and steep ascent makes it a challenging expedition. This trek is appropriate for the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
One should have at least 7-10 trekking days in the Himalayas in their kitty and have done at least one moderate plus level trek before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & microspikes
Ascending & Descending on snow
Basics of Mountain Sickness
Basics of Mountain Hazards
How to cross small water streams
How to cross large water streams
Basic principles of acclimatization
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
Hold your breath for 40 seconds
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
Push Ups – 10
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
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The start and end point of Vasuki Taal is Uttarkashi. Dehradun is the best point to reach Uttarkashi. Though there are no buses from Dehradun to Uttarkashi, one can hire a shared taxi from Dehradun to Uttarkashi which takes about 5 hours to reach (150 km).
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available between Delhi ISBT and Dehradun. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 180 km away from Uttarkashi. There are frequent flights between New Delhi and Dehradun. Make sure you have your flights booked well in advance.
Uttarkashi is a beautiful tourist point with so many places to see. Visit Vishwanath Temple, the oldest and most sacred temple located on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Kuteti Devi Temple is another highly regarded religious place in town. Manekari Dam is a concrete marvel of Uttarkashi. Experience the village life in Sangem Chhati, a half an hour drive from Uttarkashi district. National Mountaineering institute is also located in Uttarkashi.
BSNL and Airtel have a good connectivity in this region. One can expect a network on these sims only till Gangotri or Gomukh on this trek.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
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